Americanism Elementary School Poster Contest


Americanism Elementary School Poster Contest

The National Society SAR Americanism Committee is pleased to announce the National Americanism Poster Contest.  The aim of this contest is to stimulate interest in American History in support of the established school curriculum.  

This contest is directed at students in the 3rd, 4th or 5th grades, depending on which year the American Revolution is taught in their educational system - including ecumenical and home schooled students.

The contest is also open to members of the Cub Scouts and Brownies and CAR (Children of the American Revolution) who are in the same grades but whose school system may not be participating in the contest.  In the case where the local school system, or its equivalent, is participating, the young person must enter the contest through the school and not as a separate entry.  

The topic for the Poster Contest is set by the NSSAR Americanism Committee annually at the Spring Leadership Meeting for the upcoming school year.  The topic is announced at the Annual NSSAR Congress after the winning poster for the current year is recognized.


The topic for the Poster Contest is set by the NSSAR Americanism Committee annually at the Spring Leadership Meeting.  Beginning in 2013, the Committee began to select the annual topic to coincide with the location of the upcoming Annual Congress.  While the upcoming topic will continue to be announced after the winning poster is recognized at each Congress, the hope is that by having up to 3 years of future themes available, compatriots will be better able to work with local schools in planning curricula and thus increase participation in this contest.


The topic for 2014 - 2015 year’s contest is:

                                                "2014-15  George Rogers Clark or Lexington and Concord"

Themes for the upcoming years will be:
            2014-2015            George Rogers Clark                Congress Location:  Louisville, KY
            2015-2016            TBA                                          Congress Location:  Boston, MA
            2016-2017            TBA                                          Congress Location:  Knoxville, TN
Please note that only posters with the current year's theme will be accepted for judging.  A poster using a theme from a future year will be disqualified.


The contest entries from the preceding academic year are judged at the NSSAR Annual Congress by members of the NSSAR Americanism Committee.   A representative of the National Art Education Association (NAEA) is invited to participate in the poster judging. 

How the posters are judged
Posters will be judged on the following criteria:
  1. Does the poster express the annual theme?
  2. Does the poster show originality by the student?
  3. Does the poster show evidence of research?
  4. Does the poster show artistic merit and creativity?
  5. Does the poster accurately reflect the historical event?
  6. Is the poster neat and visually pleasing?
How the contest works:
  • Each local school winner will compete at the Chapter level.
  • Each Chapter winner will compete at the State level.
  • Once the State Society has selected a winner, that poster will compete at the National level.  Only one (1) entry from each State Society will be accepted.

The State Society winners will be displayed during the Natio